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Challenges in SERS-based pesticide detection and plausible solutions
- Bernat, Andrea, Samiwala, Mustafa, Albo, Jonathan, Jiang, Xingyi, Rao, Qinchun
- Journal of agricultural and food chemistry 2019 v.67 no.45 pp. 12341-12347
- Raman spectroscopy, antibodies, chemical species, foods, molecular imprinting, oligonucleotides, pesticides, polymers, product safety
- Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) can be used for the detection of trace amounts of pesticides in foods to ensure consumer safety. In this perspective, we highlight the trends of SERS-based assays in pesticide detection and the various challenges associated with their selectivity, reproducibility, and nonspecific binding. We also discuss and compare the target analyte capture techniques, such as the use of antibodies, aptamers, and molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs), coupled with SERS to overcome the drawbacks as mentioned above. In addition, issues related to the nonspecific binding of analytes and its potential solution are discussed.